Saturday, October 18, 2014

Look Up

Day #18

Is it just me or is EVERYONE looking down at their phones ALL THE TIME?!

I’m certainly guilty as well, at times.

But it’s the walking and looking down that baffles me.

Droves of people walking down the sidewalk or even CROSSING THE STREET,

not looking where they are going, 
not noticing their surroundings, 
but looking down.

At their phone.

Not only are they missing the possible dangers of tripping

or getting hit by a car 

or just running into someone else,

but they are missing what’s around them.

They are missing seeing a friend drive by.

They are missing the wispy white clouds against a beautiful deep blue sky.

They are missing the orange and yellow and red leaves on the trees.

In their need to not “miss out” on news, TV, emails, etc.

They are missing out.

A friend and I went on a walk the other day.

It was a beautiful day after several days of rain.

We wanted to take advantage of it.

We were chatting away at the very beginning of our walk when my girlfriend stopped and pointed up.

It was a monarch butterfly flitting just above our heads.


I’ll never forget the beauty of the orange of its wings against the gorgeous blue sky.

My friend put her hand to her heart and smiled.

She has always associated monarchs with a loved one who is now in heaven.

It felt like such a wink from God.

A promise,

that if we just look up,

we’ll see He is all around us.


  1. You're exactly right. My husband challenges me often to get unplugged and enjoy the NOW.

  2. What beautiful inspiring words!

  3. Sorry, I meant to continue!!! Love the layout of your post today...will certainly be back to read more! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. I think phone manners are important. Wish people could just wait for all their so called important stuff and be with who they are with.

  5. Anonymous12:31 PM

    I am in the States from Costa Rica right now and am so blown away by the beauty of fall. Yesterday I was wondering how everyone manages to go about their business this time of year and not constantly stop and be caught up in the breathless blaze of beauty. We need to look up more. Thanks for affirming what I am experiencing. I need to remember that when I am back home in my own little corner of the beautiful world too.

  6. And another main thing around them are people.

  7. And not to take away from your spiritual insights, but it also makes you an easy mark for criminals. They are looking for people who are oblivious to what is going on around them; it makes you a much easier target if you never see the attack coming. Most criminals look for some sort of distraction to catch you off guard; don't provide it for them!


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